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January 31, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller against the New York Islanders at the RBC center. The Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Tuesday Tidbits from Caniac Country

A fine spring day to you Caniacs! Well so I hear. While I can gaze out the window at the gorgeous outdoors, reality has me indoors and sneezing. A lot! There is not a lot going on in the hockey world today as teams that didn’t make the playoffs are packing up and heading to their summer destinations. The Canes held their exit interviews yesterday. If you missed them, make sure to hop on over to Jennifer’s recap. After watching them I felt a twinge of sadness and may have watched the following video:

  • What’s up next for the Hurricanes? The immediate future brings tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery which sets the order for the first 14 picks of the 2012 June draft. It will be broadcast at 8pm on TSN and in the US on NBC Sports. I am not going to pretend that I understand how all this lottery business works. For all I know, those yahoos from the NC Lottery commercials could be on stage picking teams and chasing jackpots. The Canes have a history of drafting well (See: Skinner, Jeffrey; Staal, Eric; Ward, Cameron) so let’s hope our slots put us where we need to be to acquire guys that fit our needs for the team or future transactions. If you are interested in the Canes’ chances for picks as well as general draft information here are a couple of links:

    TSN’s Draft Centre has tons of links from this main page including predictions, videos featuring prospects such as Russian phenom, Nail Yakupov, draft history and even Twitter handles of some of the top prospects. In other words, go check it out!

  • Are you ready for the playoffs? I know you can’t “woo” for the Canes but there is plenty more hockey to be had. NHL.com has the complete playoff broadcast schedule and all games will be shown on an NBC affiliated network. Have the NHL Network? Tune in for analysis from former Canes’ bench boss Paul Maurice! No I am not kidding. Why would I make that up? Who are your bandwagon teams? I will be pulling my Duncan Keith shirsey out of clothing suspension and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators. I love Nashville bringing solid Southern hockey to the masses and look forward to watching Finnish goalie sensation Pekka Rinne say “NO!”
  • Last but never least, the Charlotte Checkers are in Rockford to take on the IceHogs to start off a four-game road trip. The 11th place Checkers are at the do or die point to get into the playoffs as they trail four teams that are tied for the final four spots by three points. It’s a hard pill to swallow after the team started the season so strong. Jim Rutherford said yesterday he was hoping to sign Boston College defenseman Brian Dumoulin in time for tonight’s tilt. Come on guys. Don’t make me sport my Zach Boychuk shirsey in vain.

Let’s end Tuesday with some optimism. With Coach Muller and his capable staff in place and the organization ready to shell out some shekels, I’ve got a good feeling about next season.

Watch this space tomorrow as Dan will bring you the Cardiac Cane staff playoff predictions. Let’s Go Canes and Let’s Go Checkers!

Updated: Brian Dumoulin has signed an entry-level with the Hurricanes. We should see him in Friday’s Checkers’ tilt in Peoria. You can find more details at the Checkers official website.

Whose playoff bandwagon are you jumping on? Are you feeling optimistic for next season? Leave us a comment. Come hang out with us onFacebook at  CardiacCane or on Twitter: @Esbee92,@CardiacCaneFS, @peacelovepuck, @caniac176 and @CaniacCaz.

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